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    • Anne Lawrence
    • 21.05.13 | 03:51 (IDT)

    Democracies, or so-called democracies, are always invading other peoples' territories - think India and Pakistan, for instance. Going further back, consider the "ethnic cleansing" of the mother of all democracies, the UK, and, moving on, consider the undoubted ethnic cleansing of the USA. The United Nations settlement of 1948 gave Gaza to Egypt, and the people were penned up by the Egyptians, more or less. No one talked about "occupied Jerusalem", for instance when most of Jerusalem was occupied by the Kingdom of Jordan, a client state of the UK. Only after Israel's occupation of Gaza in 1967 were the people allowed to connect with their relatives in other parts of the Middle East, and indeed for a while, were employed in Israel. Before 1967 they were surrounded by the United Nations and selling their United Nations rations to each other, as they could - and that's all they could do, because Egypt had them "penned up" for 19 years! As I said in a previous comment, even if Israel is misguided, by whom should it be guided? I would also genuinely be interested to know, and so would others, what constitutes "the civilized world" in your eyes?

    from the article: Israel's only real state secret. No, it's not an atom bomb.
    First published 19:38 16.05.13 | Last updated 19:38 16.05.13
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